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    Hong Kong Tens

    Pyrenees upset the Tens form book
    Wed, 25 Mar 2009 23:51

    Outsiders Pyrenees stormed into the Cup round on a day of upsets at the Hong Kong Tens on Wednesday.

    The French team won all three of their Pool B matches on Day One of the tournament at Hong Kong Football Club, including a stunning 7-5 upset of second seeds Aliens.

    Pyrenees – with former French international scrumhalf Philippe Carbonneau pulling the strings – also recorded a 17-7 victory over the HKRFU Chairman's X and beat China Agricultural University 49-0.

    "Everyone is very happy," said Pyrenees co-manager Bruno Leroy.

    "The key game was obviously against Aliens. We were leading 7-0 when we got a yellow card and at that time we really showed we were all together.

    "Although Aliens scored a try while we were down to nine men, we defended very well and got the victory."

    Pyrenees won the fourth-tier Shield on their Tens debut last year and were not expected to put up such a strong challenge the big teams this time around.

    "We didn't expect to finish first in the pool and now we will try to go as far as possible in the Cup, but of course we will need some luck as well," added Leroy.

    Aliens won their other two games to finish second in the pool and secure a place in the Cup competition on Thursday.

    Hosts Hong Kong Football Club produced another shock result with a 7-5 victory over South African newcomers Scatterlings of Africa, who had 2007 World Cup winner Bobby Skinstad in their line-up.

    That victory helped Club to second place in Pool D – and a place in the Cup – behind winners Borneo Eagles.

    Scatterlings, the fourth seeds, finished third in the group and will play in the Bowl competition.

    Top seeds Penguins won Pool A with three victories over Wanchai Wanderers (61-5), Wild Titans (22-7) and HK Barbarians (22-5).

    "Our aim was three wins and we achieved that, so we're happy," said Penguins manager Craig Brown.

    "Things didn't always go our way and the second two games were quite hard, which we're pleased about because we don't want to turn up on day two undercooked."

    The Titans, the first German team to compete in the Tens, finished second in the pool to progress to the Cup.

    No.3 seeds the Alternative New Zealand Legends topped Pool C with victories over the Overseas Old Boys (36-0), Phantoms (17-12) and the Irish Vikings (47-0).

    Phantoms won their other two matches to advance to the Cup.

    Sixteen club and invitational teams from around the world are competing in the Tens.

    The tournament concludes on Thursday with knockout matches for the Cup, Plate, Bowl and Shield.

    HKFC Tens, Day One results:

    Pool A: Penguins 61 Wanchai Wanderers 5, HK Barbarians 12 Wild Titans 14, Penguins 22 Wild Titans 7, HK Barbarians 60 Wanchai Wanderers 0, Wanchai Wanderers 0 Wild Titans 59, Penguins 22 HK Barbarians 5.

    Standings: 1 Penguins, 2 Wild Titans, 3 HK Barbarians, 4 Wanchai Wanderers.

    Pool B: Aliens 40 China Agricultural University 0, HKRFU Chairman's X 7 Pyrenees 17, Aliens 5 Pyrenees 7, HKRFU Chairman's X 35 China Agricultural University 0, China Agricultural University 0 Pyrenees 49, Aliens 19 HKRFU Chairman's X 14.

    Standings: 1 Pyrenees, 2 Aliens, 3 HKRFU Chairman's X, 4 China Agricultural University.

    Pool C: Alternative New Zealand Legends 36 Overseas Old Boys 0, Irish Vikings 12 Phantoms 24, Alternative New Zealand Legends 17 Phantoms 12, Irish Vikings 24 Overseas Old Boys 10, Overseas Old Boys 0 Phantoms 61, Alternative New Zealand Legends 47 Irish Vikings 0.

    Standings: 1 Alternative New Zealand Legends, 2 Phantoms, 3 Irish Vikings, 4 Overseas Old Boys.

    Pool D: Scatterlings of Africa 5 Hong Kong Football Club 7, Borneo Eagles 19 Cardiff University 5, Scatterlings of Africa 20 Cardiff University 0, Borneo Eagles 33 Hong Kong Football Club 7, Hong Kong Football Club 24 Cardiff University 14, Scatterlings of Africa 7 Borneo Eagles 7.

    Standings: 1 Borneo Eagles, 2 Hong Kong Football Club, 3 Scatterlings of Africa, 4 Cardiff University.

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    I couldn't find any vision, but for those who might be interested in what Tens look like, see below.

    [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hpSKJ7bjNI[/YOUTUBE]

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    ALIENS STORM TO CUP GLORY AT TENS

    Crack New Zealand team Aliens bounced back from an indifferent first day to win the GFI HKFC Tens in brilliant fashion on Thursday (March 26).

    The second seeds stormed to a 24-7 Cup final victory over the Alternative New Zealand Legends before a boisterous crowd at Hong Kong Football Club.

    “I’m shellshocked, really,” said Aliens coach Willie Los’e. “I thought we’d blown it after the first day. I didn’t think we’d shown enough to indicate we could compete on day two.

    “But that’s the beauty of sport. We had a good team talk this morning, I put the pressure back on the players and they responded in the best way.”

    Aliens had suffered a shock pool defeat to SOC GEN Pyrenees from France on day one of the two-day tournament to leave themselves a tough quarter-final against the top seeded Penguins.

    But they rose to the challenge magnificently, winning 12-7 in a thrilling encounter.

    With new-found belief, Aliens proved too strong for Playmore Phantoms in the semis, winning 17-5 to set up a final showdown against the third seeded Legends.

    Aliens led 10-7 at half-time of the final thanks to tries from captain Jimmy Maher and William Crispin either side of a converted try for Legends by Adam Hill.

    Replacement Kurt Baker extended their lead soon after the break with a converted try and the same player sealed victory by finishing off a superb length-of-the-field team move.

    Baker had played for the Phantoms against Aliens in the semi-final but was drafted in as a replacement after flyhalf Phillip Tuigamala was ruled out of the final with a shoulder injury – a move allowed under tournament rules.

    “I picked him on the strength of what he did against us in the semi,” revealed Los’e. “We knew we couldn’t put him on until we’d used our starters but once he got on he was unbelievable. I’m just wondering why I didn’t select him in the first place!

    “I’m absolutely delighted for the players. They believed in themselves and started to show the skills that they’ve got – and now they’re the Cup champions. It’s unbelievable.”

    It is the fifth time Aliens have won the Tens since they began taking part 17 years ago.

    Legends coach Brendan Laney conceded the better team had won.

    “For a start, we’re absolutely delighted to have reached the final for the first time in the nine years we’ve been coming here,” said Laney.

    “The first score of the second half was always going to be important and unfortunately it was Aliens who got it, which put us on the back foot. But I’m proud of the way the boys played.”

    Legends had cruised past hosts Hong Kong Football Club 38-0 in the quarter-finals before a hard-fought 17-0 semi-final win over Pyrenees, who had former French international scrumhalf Philippe Carbonneau in their line-up.

    Penguins gained some consolation for missing out on the Cup with a 33-12 victory over German debutants the Wild Titans in the Plate final.

    South African newcomers Scatterlings of Africa, with 2007 Rugby World Cup winner Bobby Skinstad in their team, carried off the Bowl with a 19-0 victory over the Irish Vikings.

    Cardiff University won the Shield with a late try and conversion giving them a 12-10 victory over Champion Systems Overseas Old Boys.

    Sixteen club and invitational teams from around the world took part in the Tens – the world’s leading ten-a-side rugby tournament.

    The Tens was once again title sponsored by global cash and derivatives broker GFI.

    GFI HKFC Tens, day two results

    Bowl quarter-finals:
    Hill & Associates TROX AITCS HK Barbarians 43 China Agricultural University 7
    Scatterlings of Africa 24 Champion Systems Overseas Old Boys 12
    Irish Vikings 40 Cardiff University 5
    HKRFU Chairman’s X 39 Devils Advocate Wanchai Wanderers 0.

    Cup quarter-finals:
    Penguins 7 Aliens 12
    Borneo Eagles 14 Playmore Phantoms 26
    Alternative New Zealand Legends 38 Hong Kong Football Club 0
    SOC GEN Pyrenees 12 Wild Titans 0.

    Shield semi-finals:
    China Agricultural University 0 Champion Systems Overseas Old Boys 57
    Cardiff University 106 Devils Advocate Wanchai Wanderers 0.

    Bowl semi-finals:
    Hill & Associates TROX AITCS HK Barbarians 7 Scatterlings of Africa 38
    Irish Vikings 22 HKRFU Chairman’s X 21.

    Plate semi-finals:
    Penguins 34 Borneo Eagles 0
    Hong Kong Football Club 7 Wild Titans 24.

    Cup semi-finals:
    Aliens 17 Playmore Phantoms 5
    Alternative New Zealand Legends 17 SOC GEN Pyrenees 0.

    Shield final:
    Champion Systems Overseas Old Boys 10 Cardiff University 12.

    Bowl final:
    Scatterlings of Africa 19 Irish Vikings 0.

    Plate final:
    Penguins 33 Wild Titans 12.

    Cup final:
    Aliens 24 Alternative New Zealand Legends 7.

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